Without dreams and vision, you will perish.
I have always dreamt dreams. Prayed for things and events to happen. I tried to believe with all of my heart that they would come true. Doing this got me through a rough childhood and tumultuous teenage years. When I got older, I realized that for me, it was easier to dream and believe if I wrote down what I wanted and put it on a vision board along with pictures and scripture to stand on making what others call “a vision board” it was easier to dream. Well I don't exactly have a vision board, I have a vision wall. In my bedroom, I have the dreams I pray to come true along with scripture and pictures posted up on the wall next to my bed. Before I go to sleep, I look at them and when I wake up I stare at them to see them as my reality. And I do what I have to do to move myself forward to accomplish them.
I also have a vision table where I have translated these dreams into 3d models using toys from my childhood and other items. In 2005, I put up this table. I had a house with a family, a Cornell baby outfit, a book my favorite ex-boyfriend, Warren Benjamin gave me because it gave me hope to be loved like that again and a cat and a dog. I also had my bible open to my favorite scripture on the table, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me”
And after I put it together, I felt like I was seeing clearly my future. That it would come to light one day for me.
That was 2005. In 2010, my husband, Warren Benjamin contacted me over facebook and we reunited and got married! Wow! In 2005 when I had put his book on the table, I never thought I would see him again, it just represented pure love for me. For him to come into my life and then for us to be married, I know it was the hand of God.
And my vision wall has been replaced because what I had put up in 2005 every single thought, idea, wish, and need had come to pass by 2011. So I took it all down and lovingly put it aside in my treasure box to remember where I came from and put up new goals for me and my family.
I write this to say that there is power in prayer, along with envisioning and mapping out in one, two and three dimensional ways your hopes, dreams and prayers. You will be amazed when you look back and see that what you asked for will have come to life.
There is scriptural basis for doing this. In Habakkuk 2:2 “The Lord replied “write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it, it will certainly come and will not delay.”
This biblical principle of writing down your goals, and believing that they are true, have a designated time and will happen is a truth that is real.
If you don't have dreams, visions and goals that you can lay ahold of, you will perish. You will feel a lack of purpose and be unsure of your next move. With goals, dreams and visions which are visible, written, and prayed for and believed in you feel a sense of peace, purpose and like you know where you are headed.
So I encourage you today as we get ready to finish the fourth quarter of the year to write down your dreams, goals and visions. Paste them on a wall where you can see it or a book or in your phone where you can carry it with you. If you need the extra like I did, there is no shame in the game to make a 3d mock up table of what you want. The more real it is to you, the more real it becomes for you. Remember you are special and deserve to live out your dreams because you deserve this and more. Until next time, take care of yourself and stay special!!!
Pastor, Unlimited Help Ministry